Children always look forward to summer. School is out, the weather is warmer and running around outside with their friends becomes a daily activity. Families also spend more time in the great outdoors during these months. Camping, hiking, bike riding and outdoor sports are popular summer time activities.
Spending more time outdoors increases the likely hood that your child will come across poisonous plants, bugs, or even lice that can cause her to itch. What is Poison Oak and Poison Ivy? How can you fight head lice and prevent it from spreading to your whole family? The Healthy Moms Magazine and Tec Labs want you and your family to enjoy the outdoors this summer and stay itch free.
Poison Oak, poison ivy, poison sumac and other members of the Rhus family grow in all portions of the North American continent (except Nevada, Alaska, and Hawaii) at elevations below 4,000 feet with a rainfall above eight inches per year. Once your child’s skin touches the oil from the plant (called urushiol) it binds to the skin within 10-20 minutes. The rash that appears is the skin’s natural reaction to this oil. It can begin within a few hours after contact or start three to five days later.
The rash begins with itchiness and swelling, followed by a reddish inflammation of tiny pimples. Blisters then form and a clear fluid oozes from the blisters. This fluid then hardens to a yellowish crust. Left untreated it can last up to three to five weeks.
There is no cure for poison ivy or poison oak once it begins, although you can treat the symptoms. Make sure your child avoids contact the plant oil if possible, and be sure to wash the area with original Tecnu Outdoor Skin Cleanser or Technu Extreme Poison Ivy Scrub to remove the rash-causing urushiol oil. Minor itching, pain, oozing and swelling can be relieved with over the counter, anti-itch treatments that contain zinc acetate, diphenhydramine hydrochloride, or hydro cortisone like Calagel Medicated Anti-itch Gel or Corticool 1% Hydro cortisone Gel. In severe cases, a physician can prescribe antihistamine creams, tablets or shots. (Information provided courtesy of Tec Laboratories, Inc.)
Head lice infestations are more common during the school year due to the fact that children tend to share items such as hats, combs and brushes. Your child may also come across head lice during the summer months as well.
How do you know if your child has head lice? The tell tale sign is an itchy head. Scratching the itch could lead to sores on the scalp or around the neck and ears. Severe cases may cause swollen lymph glands. Other signs may include eggs and, in some cases live lice in the hair, loss of sleep, shortened attention span and depression. The infestation shouldn’t spread to the rest of your family as long as you don’t share personal items used on your child’s head and you clean everything thoroughly.
After you treat your infested child for the next 10 days check him daily for eggs. If there is evidence of new eggs or newly hatched lice, repeat the treatment. Head checking should then become part of routine hygiene. A family head lice check once a week is a great idea. You’ll need an egg removal comb, a magnifying glass and lots of light. Working through a small section at a time, comb through each person’s hair, from the root down. If any live eggs are found, begin treatment immediately.
The Healthy Moms Magazine and Tec Labs are giving away a summer survival kit to one lucky reader. This survival kit includes: one tube of Licefreee Everyday Gentle 2 in 1 Conditioning Shampoo with Tea Tree Oil, Tecnu Outdoor Skin Cleanser, and StaphAseptic First Aid Antiseptic/ Pain Relieving Gel.
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*Disclosure: I received a Licefree Everyday Gentle 2 in 1 Conditioning Shampoo with Tea Tree Oil, Tecnu Outdoor Skin Cleanser, and StaphAseptic First Aid Antiseptic/ Pain Relieving Gel to give away to one lucky reader in exchange for this article. All facts presented are courtesy of Tec Labs Inc.
Cascia Talbert is a busy blogger, publisher, freelance writer, online merchant and mother of five children living in The Pacific Northwest. With a B.A. in history and law and a passion for writing and staying healthy, she started The Healthy Moms Magazine in 2007. The Healthy Moms Magazine is currently ranked the top health blog for moms and features several health expert writers and mom bloggers. Ms. Talbert believes that if mothers are well educated on health issues and how to stay healthy, they can pass that information down to their children and reverse the childhood obesity statistics in the U.S.
Ms. Talbert is a featured health blogger at Wellsphere.com and her articles can also be found on ezinearticles.com. She also runs the Healthy Moms Social Network on Ning, manages Mom’s Natural Health and Wellness Shop, and is on the Social Media Advisory Board for America’s Wellness Challenge.